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The Parent-Child Home Program. New York State Programs Now I Know My ABCs: The Significance of a Strong Beginning Language-Rich Home Environments & Parents as Children’s First and Most Important Teachers Ready for School?.

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the parent child home program
The Parent-Child Home Program

New York State Programs

Now I Know My ABCs:

The Significance of a Strong Beginning

Language-Rich Home Environments


Parents as Children’s First and Most Important Teachers

ready for school
Ready for School?
  • At least half of the educational achievement gap between poor and non-poor children already exists before children enter kindergarten.
  • Every year millions of children enter school unprepared to be there – never having held a book, without the social-emotional skills to interact with their teacher and classmates, and without the language skills to engage in the curriculum.
school readiness
School Readiness

3 to 5 year-old children living in poverty are much less likely than non-poor children to be able to:

  • recognize the letters of the alphabet;
  • count to 20 or higher;
  • write their name; or
  • read or pretend to read

These children are also more likely to be referred to special education when they get to school.

Source: Chandler, Kathryn, C. Nord, B. Liu, and J. Lennon. Statistics in Brief: Home Literacy Activities & Signs of Children\'s Emerging Literacy, 1993 and 1999, Table 2. National Center for Education Statistics. November 1999. Based on National Household Education Survey, 1993 and 1999 analysis.

the parent child home program key elements
The Parent-Child Home ProgramKey Elements
  • Intensive, twice-a-week, home-based services
  • Voluntary
  • Books and toys are gifts to the families
  • No direct teaching or mandatory tasks
  • Respects privacy & cultural differences
  • Emphasizes the parent’s role as the child’s first teacher, the most important person in their early education, and their academic advocate
the parent child home program home visiting reaching families
The Parent-Child Home ProgramHome Visiting: Reaching Families

We are reaching families who are isolated, low literacy, not accessing center-based programming, & may themselves have had negative education experiences. Home visiting:

  • Builds consistent, trusting relationships.
  • Is easy to access - Providing services at times and places that work for families.
  • Shows parents rather than tell them – demonstrating the joy of learning at home.
  • Is staffed by home visitors from the community, who can be role models.
program outcomes
Program Outcomes
  • Literacy-rich home environment
  • Parents and children reading, playing, and talking
  • Children ready for school, with the cognitive and social-emotional skills they need to succeed
  • Parents are academic advocates for their children
  • Children succeed and graduate from high school
the parent child home program parenting outcomes
The Parent-Child Home Program PARENTING OUTCOMES

An evaluation by the Center for Educational and Program Evaluation (CEPE) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania of two Parent-Child Home Program sites indicates that positive parenting behaviors increased dramatically on all indicators assessed.

  • The number of verbal interactions between parent and child increased significantly during program participation.
  • The instances of praise and/or encouragement observed increased significantly.
  • The percentage of children identified as being “at risk” decreased from 41% to 20%.
  • This evaluation suggest that The Parent-Child Home Program contributes to increasing protective factors in the home – protective factors associated with the prevention of child maltreatment and neglect.
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The Parent-Child Home ProgramPARENTINGOUTCOMES
  • Years after completing the Program, parents’ verbal interaction with their children remained 50% higher than similarly-situated families who did not have the Program.
  • Program parents’ increased verbal responsiveness corresponds with their children’s higher scores on school-readiness measures.
we can bridge the preparation gap and ensure that parents children are ready for school
We Can Bridge the Preparation Gap and Ensure that Parents & Children are Ready for School

Working with parents before their children enter school is possible to bridge the achievement gap for at-risk children. We can provide parents with the tools to create language and literacy-rich home environments, and help them put into place the three key aspects of later school success:

  • Early literacy skills
  • Social competence skills
  • Parental involvement

The Parent-Child Home ProgramOUTCOMES

  • A 2003 New York University study concluded that The Parent-Child Home Programsuccessfully bridges the preparation gap,preparing children to enter school as ready to learn as their more advantaged peers.

The Parent-Child Home Program LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

High School Graduation Rates

Children who completed The Parent-

Child Home Program graduated from

high school at substantially higher

rates than similarly-situated children

who were not in the Program and at

rates equal to those of middle-class


the parent child home program high school graduation rates
The Parent-Child Home ProgramHigh School Graduation Rates







Levenstein, P., Levenstein S., Shiminski, J.A., & Stolzberg, J.E. (1998) Long-term Impact of a Verbal Interaction Program for An Exploratory Study of High School Outcomes in a Replication of the Mother-Child Home Program. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 19 (2): 267-285

the parent child home program partnerships
The Parent-Child Home Program Partnerships
  • MA Department of Early Education & Care
  • PA Department of Public Welfare
  • Reach Out & Read
  • Smart Start/NC Partnership
  • First Steps/South Carolina
  • United Way/Success by Six
  • Eisner Medical and Pediatric Center
  • University of California, Irvine; Cal State-


  • Nurse-Family Partnership, PAT, Health Families


  • Early Head Start

The Parent-Child Home ProgramPartnering with other home visiting, early childhood, & literacy programs to provide comprehensive services to families

  • Some partnerships provide a continuum of services to families (NFP, PAT); others provide cross-referrals based upon the families’ needs (HFA); & others embed the curriculum in their programs (Early Head Start and Even Start).
  • Early childhood education partners include Head Start, school districts, public libraries, & child care providers.
  • Possible literacy partners include Read Out and Read & Raising a Reader.
the parent child home program new york sites
The Parent-Child Home ProgramNew York Sites
  • Brentwood
  • Bridgehampton
  • Bronx/Inwood House
  • Bronx/Graham Windham
  • Brooklyn/Excellence Early Learning Academy
  • Brooklyn/SCO
  • Brooklyn/Women’s Prison Association
  • Buffalo
  • Centereach
  • Center Moriches
  • Central Islip
  • Child Care Council of Nassau County
  • East Ramapo
  • Freeport
  • Glen Cove
  • Great Neck/Manhasset
  • Harlem/Graham Windham
the parent child home program new york sites continued
The Parent-Child Home ProgramNew York Sites, continued
  • Nanuet
  • Nassau BOCES Homeless Project
  • North Rockland
  • Nyack
  • Oyster Bay
  • Port Washington/Library
  • Port Washington/USD
  • Queens/SCO
  • Ramapo Central
  • Roslyn
  • Shirley
  • Suffolk BOCES Homeless Project
  • Westbury
  • William Floyd
  • White Plains
contact us for more information
Contact Us For More Information

The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.

National Center

1415 Kellum Place

Garden City, NY 11530

Tel: 516-883-7480

Fax: 516-883-7481